Governor Renato Casagrande decreed, on Tuesday (29), a new state of public calamity in Espírito Santo because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The decree, which is valid for 180 days, came into force on Wednesday (30) and replaces another decree that expired on Tuesday (29). The text makes it possible for the government to carry out works and purchase equipment necessary to combat Covid-19 with no bidding.
To justify the decree, the governor says that the State already counts more than 3 thousand deaths among the more than 120 thousand infected by the coronavirus. He also mentions “the need of the State of Espírito Santo to respond quickly to prevent the proliferation of Covid-19” and the “need for actions to assist the number of infected” and “strengthen structures of care and control for those affected”.
The state of public calamity helps the state government to take quicker measures to reduce the effects of the coronavirus in Espírito Santo, as it reduces bureaucracy in purchases and works carried out that are related to the pandemic. Some credit lines launched by the State, according to the government, also depend on the decree, which classifies the situation as a natural disaster of the type of viral infectious diseases and cannot be extended, according to the text that was published in the Official Gazette of the State in this Friday (30).
The decree published on Wednesday differs from the public calamity decree that had to pass the Legislative Assembly in March. This new decree – different from the one approved in the Assembly and already expired – has no tax nature and does not authorize the State to relax the budget and, therefore, does not need parliamentary approval. The text published on Wednesday replaces another state of calamity that was enacted in April and was valid until this Tuesday (29).
CASES AND DEATHS
Among the most affected municipalities in the state, Vila Velha remains ahead with 18,070 records of the disease, followed by Serra (15,895), Vitória (15,865) and Cariacica (11,921). By neighborhoods, Jardim Camburi, in the Capital, is the one that has more confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 2,241 infected residents.